Teens in Netherlands regularly top life enjoyment counters, with schooling dallying a big role
In a biology class at a secondary school near Rotterdam, Gerrit the skeleton is not the only one with a permanent grin.
The Groen van Prinstererlyceum, which firstly trialled happiness instructions a decade ago, coachs some of the least uneasy teens in the world.
In report after report, the Netherlands transcends OECD countries for high life satisfaction among its young person. Researchers compiling this year’s Health Behaviour in School-aged Children( HBSC) examine, a four-yearly analysis on 48 countries, suggest Dutch children’s happiness orchestrates are up again.
It distinguishes starkly with the picture in countries like Britain, where hollow and feeling are on the rise among teens, and the US, where the number of young people taking their own lives has risen sharply.
So why is this flat, damp country of 17 million people with its history of Calvinism and colonialism so good at giving young people an optimistic awarenes?
Dr Simone de Roos, a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research( SCP ), suggests initial results from the 90 -question HBSC survey of such other representatives 7,000 adolescents, to be published subsequently this year, suggest life satisfaction has risen since 2013.
” I speculate Dutch progenies have generally positive interactions in all their social smothers ,” answers De Roos.” They have a encouraging surrounding at home, with sidekicks and also at clas. Dutch parents apply a lot of support and have mild self-control. There’s an egalitarian atmosphere, coaches are not authoritarian but accept the sentiments of pupils, and pupils rely coaches .”
The last HBSC report, comparing children below the age of 11, 13 and 15, pictured a glad Dutch youth. When ask him where they would be on “Cantril’s ladder”- with the worst possible life for them on 0 and their best at 10, about 94% of Dutch boys replied six or above. Dutch girlfriends were slightly lower, wandering from 84% to 92%.